Royal Observatory Edinburgh

The Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre runs a variety of programmes and events on site at the Royal Observatory and throughout Scotland. Pre-booking is essential.

Royal Observatory Edinburgh

About Royal Observatory Edinburgh

Royal Observatory Edinburgh Blackford Hill, Edinburgh South EH9 3HJ
01316688100
Royal Observatory Edinburgh Website

Please note: the Royal Observatory is a busy workplace, and we are unable to accommodate drop-in visits of any kind. Pre-booking is essential.

Opened in 1894, the Royal Observatory Edinburgh is a unique place which combines historic buildings and collections with cutting-edge science and technology. The Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre runs a variety of programmes and events on site at the Royal Observatory and throughout Scotland to provide access to the Observatory and share its work with members of the public, community groups, and schools.

Individuals and groups of up to 10 people can book in for a range of public events, including Public Astronomy Evenings, our Astronomy Talk series. You can also visit during our annual Doors Open Days Weekend in September.

We also provide support for primary schools and for secondary schools, including on-site visits, visits to your school, classroom resources and professional development programmes. All of these use space as an inspiring context for teaching and learning, and link to the Curriculum for Excellence.

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